Under Armour Compression Gear
Have you ever seen a football player or a mixed martial arts fighter soak in a giant ice bath at the end of an intense training session? It might seem a little crazy to most of us but an ice bath actually helps break the pain/ischemia/spasm cycle by increasing circulation and interfering with pain signals. Ice is also an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and will greatly speed up healing so you can get back in the gym and beat your body up all over again!
Now if you're not quite ready to start filling your tub with as much ice as your freezer can hold but would still like to get some of the same benefits that an ice bath can offer then you might want to try out Under Armour's new Recharge Compression clothing line!
Here are a few of the promises that Under Armour makes if you wear their magical new compression suit for only 24 hours.
- Significant reduction in muscle damage quantified by levels of blood creatine kinase in the blood
- A reduction in subjective fatigue level by 50%
- A reduction in muscle soreness by 50%
- A reduction in muscle swelling based on ultrasound muscle thickness
- An increase in power based on bench press throw
also claims that if you put it on within hours after you train the Recharge's compression system prevents water from rushing into the muscles which can lead to post workout swelling and claims that the "dynamic casting" of the compression suit supports the muscles and therefore facilitates healing.
Now don't get me wrong.. I'm a big fan of Under Armour and I love my UA training shorts (I've gone through about four pairs) but I'm a bit skeptical about wearing a monkey suit 24 hours a day in hopes that it will help speed up my recovery time! I mean how are you supposed to wear that suit in the summer? And who could or would want to sleep in that thing? I don't know about you but I think it would almost make more sense to just soak in an ice bath for a few minutes at the end of every training session!
Article by Ben Poss
) | April 22 2010
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